Negotiation Skills is an integral part of travel, I have for some reason always assumed people understood how to negotiate. I have started an area of the site that will deal with all possible methods of negotiations, and will start to focus travel tips on this, thanks for reminding me.
More and more people are being exposed and learning about the many "paradise" lifestyles are possible all over the world. It seems that a large percentage of Baby Boomers ( from 55 to 65 year old now ) have not saved enough for their retirement years and are finding it more difficult to live in the States and Canada without working partime to supplement their pension checks. For those who choose to relocate or live a seasonal "snow bird" lifestyle in a country with a low cost of living find they can actually save money and enjoy life in a warmer climate.
I left the States at 22 year old and never spent a consecutive 12 months there since Jan 77, earning and saving money in the richer countries and traveling and living in the developing aka third world countries for 2 or 3 times longer than it took to save.
Less than 100 dollar per month rooms are available on Lago, Atitlan or in Panajachel, I think apartments are always cheaper. I am in a Hotel at 187 per month.
List of 35 Hotels that are under 210 Dollars per month.
This is calculated on a daily rate, not a negotiated deal, this is the price you would get if you rented a room or bed for one night. The HoboHideOut.com site is new, there is only 1400 Hotels, and I predict there will one day be close to 25 Million.
El Salmon Hostel http://www.hobohideout.com/argentina/buenos-aires/el-salmon-hostel 4 argentina buenos-aires
Rasta House http://www.hobohideout.com/bolivia/la-paz/rasta-house 5 bolivia la-paz
Buglaria Apartments http://www.hobohideout.com/bulgaria/sofia/buglaria-apartments 1 bulgaria sofia
Bhodi Villa http://www.hobohideout.com/cambodia/kampot/bhodi-villa 5 cambodia kampot
Royal Guest House http://www.hobohideout.com/cameroon/douala/royal-guest-house 5 cameroon douala
Buccaneer Beach Club And Marina http://www.hobohideout.com/colombia/arboletes/buccaneer-beach-club-and-marina 5 colombia arboletes
Hotel Maxima http://www.hobohideout.com/ecuador/puerto-lopez/hotel-maxima 7 ecuador puerto-lopez
Cabanas La Chantalita http://www.hobohideout.com/ecuador/montecristi/cabanas-la-chantalita 7 ecuador montecristi
Grahams Place http://www.hobohideout.com/ecuador/ibarra/grahams-place 5 ecuador ibarra
Strawberry Fields Ecolodge http://www.hobohideout.com/ethiopia/konso/strawberry-fields-ecolodge 3 ethiopia konso
Crib 15 http://www.hobohideout.com/czech-republic/prague/crib-15 6 czech-republic prague
Nabeglavi Rural Hotel Of Givi Antidze In Resort Nabeglavi http://www.hobohideout.com/georgia/nabeglavi/nabeglavi-rural-hotel-of-givi-antidze-in-resort-nabeglavi 7 georgia nabeglavi
Rainbow Garden Village At Lake Bosumtwi http://www.hobohideout.com/ghana/kumasi/rainbow-garden-village-at-lake-bosumtwi 7 ghana kumasi
Hostal Don Diego http://www.hobohideout.com/guatemala/quetzaltenango/hostal-don-diego 7 guatemala quetzaltenango
Villa Korkyra Apartments http://www.hobohideout.com/croatia/korcula/villa-korkyra-apartments 1 croatia korcula
Vino Camel Safari Guest House http://www.hobohideout.com/india/bikaner/vino-camel-safari-guest-house 7 india bikaner
Wildebeest Camp http://www.hobohideout.com/kenya/nairobi/wildebeest-camp 7 kenya nairobi
Saiga Hotel http://www.hobohideout.com/kenya/kericho/saiga-hotel 5 kenya kericho
Hummingbird Backpackers http://www.hobohideout.com/mexico/chetumal/hummingbird-backpackers 5 mexico chetumal
Hospedaje Luna Y Cafe Luz http://www.hobohideout.com/nicaragua/esteli/hospedaje-luna-y-cafe-luz 6 nicaragua esteli
Kaspers Private Den In The Heart Of Poznan http://www.hobohideout.com/poland/poznan/kaspers-private-den-in-the-heart-of-poznan 3 poland poznan
Ron And Fires Place http://www.hobohideout.com/philippines/tacloban-city/ron-and-fires-place 6 philippines tacloban-city
Sugbutel http://www.hobohideout.com/philippines/cebu-city/sugbutel 6 philippines cebu-city
Bantayan Island Independant Hotels http://www.hobohideout.com/philippines/bantayan-island/bantayan-island-independant-hotels 6 philippines bantayan-island
Townhouse Hostel Manila http://www.hobohideout.com/philippines/manila/townhouse-hostel-manila 7 philippines manila
Greenwood Garden Eco Adventure Camp http://www.hobohideout.com/thailand/mae-hong-son/greenwood-garden-eco-adventure-camp 3 thailand mae-hong-son
Thaepae Gate Lodge http://www.hobohideout.com/thailand/chiang-mai/thaepae-gate-lodge 6 thailand chiang-mai
Auberge Mandela http://www.hobohideout.com/togo/kpalime/auberge-mandela 7 togo kpalime
Apartments In Turkey http://www.hobohideout.com/turkey/istanbul/apartments-in-turkey 1 turkey istanbul
Sakina Campsite http://www.hobohideout.com/tanzania/arusha/sakina-campsite 7 tanzania arusha
Kabanga Garden Hotel http://www.hobohideout.com/tanzania/kabanga/kabanga-garden-hotel 3 tanzania kabanga
Marine Hotel http://www.hobohideout.com/tanzania/kahama/marine-hotel 5 tanzania kahama
Park House Hotel http://www.hobohideout.com/uganda/ishaka/park-house-hotel 5 uganda ishaka
Mayoba Inn http://www.hobohideout.com/uganda/mbarara/mayoba-inn 5 uganda mbarara
Thuan Duc Hotel http://www.hobohideout.com/vietnam/ho-chi-minh-city/thuan-duc-hotel 7 vietnam ho-chi-minh-city
Thanks Andy for the list I've copied it and saved it! I'll be traveling alot over the next few years. Negotiations over rental rates and the whole bargaining process is part of the cultural character of many countries, especially in Islamic nations. Americans and Europeans have lost the "art" of bargaining which is similar to SURRENDER, and just paying whatever the corporate dictated prices are fro goods and services giving their permission to the ever growing inflation in the costs of living. The ONLY way to effect pricing is to BOYCOTT all overpriced goods and services but somehow the last 20 years of university students have ceased to boycott large entitiies.